In the October 2010 Scientific American http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=50-100-150-oct-2010 they were reflecting on articles written 50, 100, and 150 years ago. One article mentioned is one that I think that Mike would especially like. Believe it or not, this is the article from the October 1890 edition! Here it is: Against Homework
“A child who has been boxed up six hours in school might spend the next four hours in study, but it is impossible to develop the child’s intellect in this way. The laws of nature are inexorable. By dint of great and painful labor, the child may succeed in repeating a lot of words, like a parrot, but, with the power of its brain all exhausted, it is out of the question for it to really master and comprehend its lessons. The effect of the system is to enfeeble the intellect even more than the body. We never see a little girl staggering home under a load of books, or knitting her brow over them at eight o’clock in the evening, without wondering that our citizens do not arm themselves at once with carving knives, pokers, clubs, paving stones or any weapons at hand, and chase out the managers of our common schools, as they would wild beasts that were devouring their children.”
So 150 years ago in a formal U.S. education system that started about 170 years ago, many were already noticing that the model was not working, yet many of us still to this day do not want to stray from the broken 170 year model. In my previous business career, I was required to react to ineffective strategies or attempts immediately in order to ensure my company was making as much money as possible, yet the education system still cannot be figured out!